40 Self Care Tips For Moms

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As moms, it’s easy to forget about ourselves in the midst of taking care of our little ones. And as many self care tips we read on Pinterest and plan to execute them – we find ourselves often putting them off.

Being a first-time mom (when I first typed this blog post but now a third time mom), I’ve done a lot of things backwards. As my due date crept up for my first baby, I was mentally prepared to cut all ties with my personal wants and needs. All of my time, effort, and energy was going to go to my baby.

But having my third baby, let’s just say the mentality I had was so unreasonable and unhealthy at that. It’s important for you to take care of yourself in order to provide the best care for your baby and everyone else. They say you can’t pour from an empty cup!

How does self care help with stress?

According to verywellmind, we’re less able to handle stress that come our way when we’re depleted by physical and emotional exhaustion. Taking time to maintain self-care has several benefits like:

  • boost physical health
  • improve emotional health
  • and makes you a better caregiver

40 Self Care Tips For Moms

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You might already be practicing some of these self care tips but it won’t hurt to venture off and try other ones you haven’t tried yet!

1. Start your day early.

This sounds like the opposite thing to do for some of you. But I’ve noticed that days I wake up early (typically because I’m forced to by my baby) – I get so much more done.

I get to actually finish a hot cup of coffee in the morning and not rush trying to finish my routine in a short window (before my baby gets cranky for her first nap).

2. Take a shower everyday.

Seriously, daily showers can make or break my day.

There’s nothing like a nice, hot shower after being spit up with milk, drooled over, and walking around with mac and cheese stuck in your hair.

3. Don’t do anything until you’ve enjoyed your morning coffee.

If you have to reheat your cup of morning coffee – then you didn’t actually enjoy it.

Make it a priority to sit and finish your coffee!

4. Pick one day of the week for you.

Ask your partner, family member, or friend to watch your baby for a few hours to get some time to yourself. Whether you grab Starbucks and sit in the parking lot to enjoy a frappuccino or get lunch with a friend, enjoy a day to yourself without your baby.

5. Ask for help.

There’s nothing wrong with asking for help.

I had a hard time asking for help at first and still do. But I have gotten better because I realized I cannot always do everything on my own.

And also why make your life harder than it already is when you have help around you.

6. Hang out with friends.

Friends are there for a reason! Have your friend(s) come over or give them a call and just talk, cry, and laugh. I always feel better after some quality time spent with my friends in person or on the phone.

7. Start a good book.

I used to love reading. And I still do but don’t make the time to read. If you prefer to listen to a book, you can get a good audible book from Amazon for walks and runs.

8. Allot 15 to 25 minutes a day to close your eyes in peace.

9. Binge-watch your favorite show.

I’ve binge-watched Grey’s Anatomy about 4 times now and it never gets old.

I highly recommend Unexpected (on Hulu), Handmaid’s tale (on Hulu), Grey’s Anatomy, Stranger Things (Netflix), and crime documentaries.

10. Get a face mask.

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Doing a face mask is probably one of the best and most affordable self care tips!

11. Schedule a massage.

Schedule a massage, wear a massager and have some time to yourself, or if you’ve got older kids- pay them to give you one. This is a great way for them to build up their allowance.

12. Write in a journal.

You’re never too old to write in a diary or journal. Sometimes you just need to get out your emotions!

13. Cook your favorite meal.

Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and I know when I cook something yummy, I already feel so much better. If you’re not the best cook, there are some really good cook books out there!

And if cooking is going to make you stressed, order something delicious!

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14. Get your nails done.

I personally don’t ever get my nails done. Like my nails are always bare. However, I do want to try press on nails.

I also enjoy spa nights at home some nights with my 3 year old daughter where we paint our nails, put on face masks, and listen to music.

15. Sit outside and relax.

16. Go for a walk.

17. Talk to your best friend.

18. Watch something funny.

19. Take a bubble bath.

20. Stretch it out.

21. Workout.

It might be difficult mentally preparing yourself to workout. And this is especially hard when you haven’t worked out in a long time. But once you get that momentum going – it gets easier and you’ll feel like a new person.

22. Go for a jog.

23. Dance it off.

24. Go shopping.

25. Socialize with other moms.

Sometimes it’s easier to vent out your mom problems with a community of moms.

26. Take a nap.

27. Drink a lot of water.

I have some really good tips on how you can drink more water here!

28. Take your daily vitamins.

29. Create a goal and action plan.

30. Wash your bedsheets.

I don’t know about you, but I love the smell and feel of a freshly washed and made bed. It already boosts my mood!

31. Do your makeup.

I dread getting ready for anything anymore. But after I actually do my hair and makeup- it’s almost an instant gratification.

Check out 25 Ways To Increase Self Confidence As A Mom

32. Get dressed up.

33. Put on your favorite music.

34. Do a DIY craft.

35. Create a skincare routine.

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I have a morning and night time skincare routine. And it’s something that has helped me feel like myself on days I felt down and lost.

36. Make a DIY hair mask.

37. Declutter something in the house.

38. Clean out your wardrobe.

Sell your clothes on Poshmark and Mercari. Or donate it to your local thrift store like Goodwill.

39. Listen to a podcast.

40. Take a break from social media.

Social media can be toxic. But it can also be inspiring. So choose who you want to follow, wisely. And one of the self care tips for moms, just take a break from it once in a while and not think about anything but yourself. Create time for self healing.

In Other Words

Don’t neglect your own health and well-being and start implementing these self care tips now. You don’t have to put your wants and needs on the back burner to be considered a “good mom”.

I wish I could go back in time and tell my old, stressful new mom self to take a deep breath and ask for help. So that I could take a daily shower, prepare my favorite meal, and read a few chapters of a good book.

Take care of yourself mama. Read other self-care practices and activities at Practice Self Care and Self Love : 17 Exquisite But Simple Ways To Do Each Day, 25 Ridiculously Cheap Self Care Ideas for Moms, and 30 Simple & Easy Self-Care Activities For Busy Moms.

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  1. What an amazing list of ways to practice self-care! No matter where we are in the motherhood journey, we need to take care of ourselves! Thank you for so many great ideas!

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